cuke beetles just starting in on well established cucumber patch
I planted 3 separate spots with cucumbers this year (straight 8, and a burpee pickling variety). I have been inspecting the plants 2 or 3 times every day and manually killing every cuke beetle I see. Most are striped, but I have killed 5 or 10 spotted ones as well.
The 1 patch where I hadn't seen them at all until 2 days ago is growing awesome. I have only seen 1 pair of beetles there so far. It is overflowing in every directions its 4'x 5' patch, and almost fully covering the 3' tall A-frame trellis. It also shaded out the radishes I put in there as a beetle repellent. The last week I've been picking 5 pickle sized cukes every day. I really only need 1 or 2.
In future years, I will ensure all my cucurbits are wilt-resistant, but it's too late for that this year.
Can a really healthy patch survive at all in the face of some wilt bacteria? If the picking season is really 5-6 weeks, maybe my yield will still be okay if I don't take extreme measures to kill all the beetles?